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Study finds people who have COVID-19 infection are more likely to be hospitalised or develop diabetes or hypertension, and other news

Insurance Business Mag reports on data from 7,000 Discovery Health members who recovered from acute COVID-19 show a higher risk of developing diabetes or hypertension in the months after their illness. More work needs to be done to discover if this is because more people are seeking care and are therefore more likely to be diagnosed with the ailments. The study noted that the risk of dying is no higher but there are other ongoing health impacts.

  • A 1.38-fold higher risk of developing diabetes within two to 12 months of recovering from COVID-19
  • A 1.11-fold higher risk of developing hypertension in that period
  • A 2.8-fold higher hospital admission risk in the first month after recovering from an acute COVID-19 infection and a 1.5 times higher risk two to 12 months after recovery
  • 31% of those who recovered from COVID-19 experienced headaches, 14% experienced problems sleeping and shortness of breath, 12% reported dizziness, 11% a lack of concentration and 10% muscle and joint pain
  • 43% reported difficulties in performing activities necessary for daily living. 30% had problems concentrating, 20% walking, 16% had problems with their sight and difficulties with hearing, communicating and self-care were also reported

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